Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Triangl Bikini Dupe!

I haven't blogged in almost two weeks now and that's due to the amount of work I've had since starting uni again. But summer is looking slightly closer and I'm so excited to go on holiday and have a break (only been back 2 weeks, oops!) Since Summer is on my mind, I'm already thinking of summer fashion and what I want to wear in my favourite time of year. I really want a 'Triangl' brikini; I've seen them on a fair few blogs but they're pretty pricey and you can end paying around $80 for one. Then I came across this bikini from Missguided and it most definitely a dupe - I love it!

The black detailing around the bikini makes it a dupe and Missguided definitely knew what they were doing on this one! The colour is a gorgeous mint green - apologies for the rather crap photography but I took this at night time and only had my light to hand. To make it even better, it was £9.99! I'm not sure if it's last season because there was only size 8 left - sizes 6, 10+ all sold out! Hopefully they'll get some more in stock though so you can pick one up! Size 8 is still quite small on me and I'm pretty small so just a heads up there! 

 Do you know of any dupes for the Triangl bikini? Let me know in the comments below!


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentines Day Gifts for Guys and Gals

Jewellery - Pictured above is a gorgeous bangle from Swarvoski and a Tiffany Necklace. These are some of the brands that I personally think are gorgeous but if you're on a cheaper budget, any necklace from a jewellers like HSamuel would be lovely & getting it engraved would make it extra special.

Chocolate - I think this is particularly good if you've just started going out together/dating and it's that area where you don't know whether to get them something. These are gorgeous heart chocolates from Hotel Chocolat but obviously there's cheaper brands - Guylian and Cadbury etc are all on offer at the moment!

Spa Break - Usually quite expensive but if you look on websites like Virgin Experience Days, you can find something pretty good. I found a spa day with afternoon tea for 2 for £39 - orginally £79 and has 5 star reviews - amazing! Here's the link!

Make-Up - I'm pretty sure 95% of gals love make-up but especially for those beauty addicts in your lift, this is a great gift. A Chanel lipstick would be appreciated as a special makeup item by anyone and is around the £25 mark. I also think a blush may be good as the colours dont vary TOO much so you can't go TOO wrong. YSL is a luxurious brand which is pretty good for a lovely present.

Candles - Depending on the type of gal you're with, they may like a candle. (Maybe even men too!) I really want a Jo Malone candle but at £40 I can't bring myself to pick one up. It makes for a very luxurious gift though.

Play station/Xbox Games - This is what I got my boyfriend because basically he asked for it. Not very romantic but I doubt he will care if he has a Playstation or Xbox that he loves. You'll probably get extra girlfriend points, just make sure he doesn't neglect you for his PS4 haha!

Alcohol - I put vodka here as both me and my boyfriend are students. However if the man in your life is a tad classier (haha!), a nice bottle of gin, brandy or whisky may be a good shout. You can get special oriental beers that may be a good idea for a unique gift.

Cook a meal/Take him out for meal - Sometimes buying a guy a present can be very difficult I find. Last year, me and my boyfriend had only been going out a few months so I took him out for a nice meal. We went to Las Iguanas and we fully enjoyed it - they had a live band, it was very authentic. It was funny because the waiter gave the card machine to my boyfriend as he shyly pointed at me...

Mug/Camera lense cup - If it's unique, funny or personalised; a mug is always a winner. I found this one on IWOOT (I Want One Of Those .com). It's quite cool and especially if he likes photography!

Lingerie - OK so lingerie would be awesome to get for your girlfriend but I know a girl who actually bought her boyfriend some lingerie as part of his present which I thought was quite funny!

Grow Your Own Male Stripper - Because I think I'm hilarious; this is what I got for my boyfriend alongside the PS4 game. Bit of a silly gift but after all, valentines day is a commercial con so why not laugh about it!

I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some last minute ideas! I strongly believe that Valentines Day is a marketing technique and you don't have to show your affection and go out for a meal just because it's the 14th of February. However it IS fun to get involved and buying a nice gift for your girlfriend/boyfriend would make them smile, so if you have the money why not!


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Make-Up Tutorial | Natural Nude & Brightening

Something new to my blog today; a make-up tutorial! I always talk about products but never actually show you how I apply them or what my everyday make-up look is. I love this 'brightening' kind of look and it's very natural but is a real change. So here you see me, bare faced! Eeeekk. 

First of all, I apply my Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation - What a tongue twister.  It gives great coverage and it's even better when buffed in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I started on the outer part of my face on my cheeks, as that's the area where my blemishes are and where I need the most coverage. I also sweep it over my eyes so everything is neutral and all of my face is one colour.

I then went in with my Maybelline Eye Eraser Concealer under my eyes and pat it in with my Real Techniques expert face brushBe careful not to rub as you will just wipe the product off; instead dabbing it in to the skin. 
I then grabbed my Urban Decay Naked Palette and swept 'Virgin' across my eyelids. It's a neutral white/cream matte shade and gives a brightening effect to the eyes. I just used the brush that comes with the palette and the flat side is pretty good for sweeping colour on. Pardon the pouting and facial expressions in this gif.
I then grabbed an Eco Tools eyeshadow brush and buffed the shade 'Naked' into my crease which is a soft matte light brown. It's a great transition colour and gives a bit of definition and contour to the eyes amongst the white wash.

Ew, don't my eyebrows just look horrible here. It's time to do something with them! I use an angled brush with the darkest powder from the Mua Brow Kit and fill in my eyebrows with it. I like to use the Soap and Glory Archery a lot of the time but seen as this is a more natural look, I decided to stick with powder.

Next up: Mascara! One of my make-up essentials, probably THE essential. I love the Rimmel Volume Flash x10 Mascara in Extreme Black. My friend recommend it to me and I feel it gives great length and volume. I also find applying mascara looking down into a mirror makes mascara apply SO much better! 

I then like to powder by face using the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. I apply this pretty much everywhere as I have quite oily skin.

I then like to grab my beloved NARS At First Sight Eye and Cheek Palette and sweep the Laguna bronzer over my face but mainly on my cheeks as a rough contour.

I like to contour my face with the MAC Blush in 'Harmony'. I sweep this to chisel some cheekbones into my face. I also like to apply it to either side of my nose to make it appear thinner.

I then go back to the Nars palette and use the blush named 'Deep Throat' (NARS hae some pretty dodgy names for their products!) on the tops of my cheekbones. Sometimes I smile to see where the apples of my cheeks are but realistically, you won't be smiling like that all day so pulling a straight face will show you exactly where you are applying your blusher. I like to put it just slightly running parallel to my contour on the higher part of my face.

A new product of mine is the Topshop All Over Glow and it's a lovely golden highlighter. You can mix it in with your foundation or simply apply it on top. I just applied it on the top of my cheekbones, just above my contour.

I want to create a nudey lip but slightly Kylie Jenner-esque. I use this ELF Matte Lip Colour in 'Tea Rose' which I've actually had in my stash for quite some time. I've never really used it until recently and it's an amazing product, definitely a current fave!

I don't always do this but here I applied lipstick over the top to create more depth to my lips. I applied the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 'Pink In The Afternoon' and a MAC Lipstick in the well known nude shade 'Hue'.

I then added some gloss over the top. I used the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in 'Peach Petal' which is a gorgeous nude gloss.

I hope you like this look! Let me know in the comments below if you like this kind of post :) This post took quite a bit of time & effort to make so I hope you found it useful or just liked it in general!

Lots Of Love

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Mini Beauty Haul REN, Topshop, MaxFactor etc

Since my student loan has arrived in my bank account, I've been doing quite a bit of spending (oops). Forget paying rent; it's all about buying beauty products. Jokes. I am joking. I am heavily influenced by what my fellow bloggers are recommending so that's why I got most of these products really. Let me know if you have any of these products and if you like them!

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser / £16 / Link - The last time I used a hot cloth cleanser is when Liz Earle was all the hype, but unfortunately it broke me out. Since then, I have been loving REN skincare so I thought it would be nice to try this one. It says this is for all skin types and I usually stay away from these kind of products but thankfully I bought it as my skin has really improved. I think this cleanser with a mix of a great diet has contributed!

Maybelline Color Drama / £4.99 / Link - Labelled as dupes for the NARS lip pencils, they are pretty velvety, smooth and not at all drying. They don't come off quickly either and for the price, they are a pretty good deal!

MAX FACTOR Face Finity 3 in 1 Foundation / £11.99 / Link - This foundation isn't really raved about but I thought I'd try it, as one of my friends loves it. It's a primer concealer and foundation all in one apparently. It stays on very well so I can believe the primer part and it has a medium coverage. Not really sure why they say it's a concealer, but it does cover blemishes quite well. 

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer / £7.99 / Link - When I see a stunning beauty guru use a product, it instantly makes me want to buy it. This is something I've seen a couple of gals wear and it's a really nice product.

Topshop All Over Glow / £10 / Link - Amelia Liana raved about this liquid illuminator and I knew I had to have it. You can mix it in with your foundation or simply apply to the top of your cheekbones. I got the golden shade as it warms up my complexion and is just generally 'glowy'. 

Hope you liked this mini haul! Coming soon is a make-up tutorial which includes GIF's of how I applied my make-up and I really like how it turns out so look out for that one!

Lots Of Love,

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Beat the January Blues | Pamper Yourself

As part of my 'Beat the January Blues' post, here is my blog post on pampering! Every girl loves a nice evening in, spending time to yourself and getting a nice looong bath. Here is where I choose what to put in my bath...

To relax in the bath, some sort of product is almost neccesary. Obviously, a Lush bath bomb would be a popular option and I'm not sure what the one photogrpahed is called but it smells incredible!
The night I took the photos I used my Himalayan Detox Bath Salts. Priced at £37, they aim to be a sort of 'natural valium' as they aim to beat insomnia which I sometimes struggle with when important occasions come around (exams etc). So far they've definitely worked in the fact they have made me feel so relaxed and at peace, but we'll have to see if they help the night before my exam haha! They suck all the radiation out of your body that you may get from phones and laptops in order to free your body of toxins. They're very pricey but I recommend you give them a go for ultimate relaxation hence ultimate beating the January blues!

Whether you're in the bath or not, a candle is holy grail. I love candles by The Body Shop as they do some very nice fruity scents. If you're more into winter, clean or woody scents then I know Jo Malone, Diptique and Yankee Candle are popular options. I got gifted these for Christmas and my birthday so I have these to hand and their essential oils really help me relax. If you're more of a shower girl, then Loccitane's Shower Oil is a really good one as it's extremely luxurious and moisturising. I like to pop abit of this in my bath without bubbles just to make the water a bit more creamy, I guess. It smells like almonds and loveliness and is brilliant for those with dry skin.

I love using my REN cleanser but I feel like a cleansing balm can feel more relaxing and luxurious. I have this one by Boots Botanics which is pretty natural and feels nice on your face. I would say it leaves more of a residue than my other cleansers though so make sure you wipe it off properly, especially if you're an oily skinned gal like myself.

Once I've got out of the bath, I like to moisturise. I am IN LOVE with The Body Shop's body butters - they are my all time faves! I got this body sorbet for Christmas and it's very cooling so some may find relaxing and some may prefer to use in Summer as a sort of aftersun/moisturiser. This post looks like it's sponsored by The Body Shop but it's actually not! I just love their products as they're so lovely and natural, yet not ridiculously priced.

I then pop on my pj's - these are so soft and are from Primark! I got a couple of sets recently alongside the long bottoms and shorts in matching prints and they're soooo comfortable it's ridiculous. I like to read a book and I'm currently (albeit slowly) reading Paper Towns By John Green; the author who wrote The Fault In Our Stars. I still haven't read that book but really need to! I also like to sit and write in my journal as it's very self reflecting and I will enjoy reading it back this time next year I'm sure.

So there we have a pamper session that I do to relax and to help me beat the January Blues. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below :)


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Beat the January Blues | Being Healthy

Having just passed mid January, I'm sure many of you are feeling the dreaded January Blues. With exams lurking, my life is pretty much revision and the gym so I'm not exactly on top of the world. However, I'm not uber depressed and I feel that I can make myself happy with just the tiniest little things. 
Healthy eating and exercising is essential to keeping your body healthy and happy which in turns makes you happy. Exercising releases endorphins which make us happy and eating healthily makes us feel more energised and less sluggish. I took some photos of my food; a food diary if you like, and after eating a few days like this, I weirdly noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. Anyway, it might give you some ideas of what you can eat to feel healthy and happy so I hope you enjoy. 

For breakfast I tucked into my new porridge by Rude Health. This organic porridge was something I'd never tried before and I would say it tasted pretty boring hence why I added the blueberries and raspberries. They make it even healthier so it's a win win situation! The sunflower and linseeds means this porridge is super natural and is the definition of 'clean eating'.

I then headed to the gym in my new Nike trainers and had a great workout. I had sufficient energy from my breakfast and afterwards, I headed home for lunch...

Avacado is classed as a super food and smoked salmon is an excellent source of fish and omega 3. It helps that I absolutely love them both and especially I love them together. I added some mayonnaise and added them to some bread rolls. I'm aware the white bread rolls aren't really healthy and funnily enough I didn't like them as they were too floury and starchy so I ended up just eating the filling. I recommend putting Smoked Salmon and Avacado on some crispbreads to make it healthier - it's definitely what I'm going to start doing!

For Dinner, I had some Chicken rubbed with Nandos Medium Peri-Peri Rub and fried in Coconut oil. Coconut oil is the healthiest oil out there and tastes amazing! I like this one from Biona Organic as it's raw and smells amazing too! I roasted some aubergine, peppers, onions and sweet potatoes in coconut oil and added Quinoa. Quinoa is a great source of protein and is also a super food. You can cook it in hot water or any kind of broth or stock to make it taste even better.

So there we have a days food diary! I feel eating clean not only makes your body look good, but it also makes you feel good inside and out. I'm thinking of branding my blog as more towards 'Healthy and Beauty' as I am really interested in clean eating and health at the moment and I feel I know quite a lot about it. What do you think?

Lots Of Love,


Friday, 16 January 2015

My Lipstick Collection | alicekatex

If you know me, you would know I'm an avid lip product fan. I love make-up but buying lipsticks is my one true weakness. I have lipsticks, lipglosses, lipstains and lipbalms etc but I'm going to show you my lipsticks in this blog post. I love nosying at people's makeup collections so I hope you enjoy!

I store my make-up in the wide acrylic drawers from Muji and 3 out of 8 drawers are taken up with lip products. But, of course, there still isn't enough room for my lipsticks so my main lipsticks have a place on the top in a lipstick holder I picked up from Amazon. If you search 'Acrylic Lipstick Holder' you're bound to find something similar.

First of all we have my MAC lipsticks...

Hue is a pinky nude lipstick with a hint of brown which is very popular with MAC lipstick lovers. It's a glaze finish so is pretty shiny and radiant looking. Coral Bliss is a coral shade which would be great to wear as an 'everyday' kinda lipstick as you could probably apply without a mirror. It's a creemsheen finish so it goes on really smoothly. Snob is is a unique pinky lavendar-esque shade which I feel is something Kylie Jenner would really love. It's a satin finish but is matte however doesn't dry the lips out at all! Rebel is a very autumnal shade - a dark purple that will probably look great on anyone. Impassioned is an amplified shade which means it goes on the lips very bright (the photo doesn't do it any justice). It's a hot pink shade that would look great on a night out.

My Revlon lipsticks...

I really love Revlon for their lipsticks and think they are very underrated. Pink In The Afternoon is a gorgeous pink shade which is the most wearable lipstick I own. Love That Red was purchased in the Factory Shop for around £2/3 about a year ago so isn't in store anymore. It's a beautiful classic red but not quite sure why it's a 'creme' as it feels very matte to me. Black Cherry is similar to MAC's Rebel and has been spoke about in the blogosphere for a while. It's the same kind of dark purple vampy lipstick that everyday knows and loves to wear in Autumn. Wild Orchid is a new purchase as I was looking for a more deep pink purple kind of shade. It's a pearl finish which you can see from the photo. I probably prefer looking at it in the bullet rather than on my lips though but we'll see once I've had a play around with it.

Here we have a Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick, my first one in the range, in Hot Plum. The photos are doing the lipsticks justice mostly but for this lipstick that is definitely not the case. It is a lot deeper in person. It's a deep light purple with a hint of pink which I'm excited to experiment with. Maxfactor's Mulberry is a berry shade which I almost forgot I had. Finally is my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Parfait which is a natural shine on the lips. It doesn't really give much colour but adds a nice shimmer to the lips and looks pretty in my handbag!

We then delve into my drawer...

Here I have a Jemma Kidd 'Hi Shine Glosstick' which I also found in the Factory Shop. It's a lovely pink shade called 'Hibiscus' that goes on the lips pretty vividly. I basically bought this for the cool packaging - if you click the top down it pops up! Secondly, I have my only Topshop lipstick in 'Infrared' - an orange toned red which is beautiful in Summer! I also have the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick which doesn't actually have a name but 110 is basically a classic matte red shade. I've seen it raved about but I think it can be quite drying on the lips. I have a Clinique lipstick here but not really sure if beauty is the shade as I got it in one of those free gift sets when you buy 2 Clinique lipsticks. Finally in this segment, we have a Barry M lipstick which I've had for a while and haven't worn for a long time! It's a very bright pink that I haven't been brave enough to sport.

The first 2 of these lipsticks are by ELF in Sociable and Flirtatious. One is a hot pink and the other is a light pink. I also have 3 lipsticks from MUA; 2 of which are by One Direction. Quite cringey but they're actually pretty good! They have creamy formulas and go on the lips really easily. I always forget about this one when I want to go for a red lip but it's actually a really good one. I need to go for the MUA ones a bit more and they're so cheap so you can't go wrong!

Lastly are some lipsticks by Natural Collection. These lipsticks are £1 - it's ridiculous! They're creamy and moisturising and have a lovely range of shades. Yes, they don't last very long but not many do unless you use a stain.

The rest of the drawer is filled with random lip liners, lip bullets, lip stains and other lip products you couldn't class as a lip gloss or lip balm. I absolutely love my Smashbox lip stain as it's a perfect red and is a pen followed by a color seal balm, so the colour stays on for ages!

Hope you enjoyed! Are any of these your favourites?